Current Affairs – 11th October 2015

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  • 95 people died in a blast in Ankara, Turkey in a rally of leftist and Pro-Kurdish people. This is the deadliest terrorist attack in the recent history of the country
  • CBI searches the house and office of liquor baron and former boss of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, Dr Vijay Mallya, in connection with a default of over Rs 900 Crore loan from IDBI
  • In an RTI inquiry by media, it has been found that Western UP has seen a surge in cow slaughter after the law prohibiting slaughter came into force. As many as 2118 cases have been registered by June 30 this year compared to a total of 2456 cases in 2011
  • 2 Muslims were arrested in UP for the clash regarding cow slaughter in Mainpuri area. They have been charged with inciting violence between the 2 communities of Hindus and Muslims in the area

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  • Omar-al Bashir, the president of Sudan, is wanted by the International Court of Justice, for war related crimes in his country and now, ICC wants India to arrest him during the India-Africa Summit to be held in Delhi from October 26 to October 29. Delhi declined to oblige the ICC regarding the matter
  • A political biography of Feroze Gandhi, the last known member of the Gandhi dynasty, is all set to be released by Swedish Author Bertil Falk
  • In a move that can escalate the tension between India and Pakistan further, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has invited Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani to Pakistan for holding talks
  • Jordan agreed on the terror pact with India during the President’s visit to the country as well as King Abdulla of Jordan supported the demand of India for permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council
  • Missionaries of Charity, the organization set up by Mother Teresa, has decided to discontinue the adoption related works in the country after the new adoption policy came into force

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Banking and Finance

  • Kishore Biyani led Future Group has entered into a partnership with Patanjali Ayurveda. Under the terms of the agreement, the products of Patanjali Ayurveda will be available in the Big Bazar outlets from now onwards
  • In order to boost investment and trade relations between the countries, India and Ecuador signed the protocol for setting up a joint trade committee
  • Infosys co-founder and former UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani has returned to the field of entrepreneurship after a short stint in politics. He will mentor the entrepreneurs as well as will invest in their startups
  • General Motors is in an advanced stage of talks with Wells Fargo & Co, in order to sell a financial specialty business worth $30 billion
  • Apparel Major Louis Philippe, a venture of the Aditya Birla Group, has entered into the watch retailing business with a range of 41 watches starting from Rs 6999
  • After concerns expressed by a parliamentary panel, the government is all set to form a commission to assess the impact of the foreign direct investment in the pharmaceutical sector of the country
  • After a rally of Sensex in the last week, top 10 companies in the index saw a rise of their market cap and added a value of almost 86100 Crore in their market capitalization. With ONGC leading the pack, companies like TCS, Reliance India Limited, ITC etc saw their market valuation rise sharply
  • The new chairman of National Highways Authority of India has decided to appoint external auditors to investigate cases where there are discrepancies between the project cost and the bank loan taken by the developers
  • Indirect tax collection rose by 35.8% in the first half of the current financial year to 3.24 lakh crore. This came on the back of a surge in excise duty, increase in clean energy cess etc
  • Sun Pharmaceuticals Limited has withdrawn the lawsuit filed by erstwhile Ranbaxy Laboratories in US against the US Food and Drugs Administration. The lawsuit was filed after USFDA revoked the approval to Ranbaxy to sell the generic versions of Nexium and Valcyte, in 2008

GK and World Affairs

  • In a crisis that is deepening day by day, two more authors returned their Sahitya Akademi Awards on Saturday. Hindi Author Krishna Sobti and Malayalam author Sara H Joseph returned their awards whereas K Satchidanandan resigned from all the posts in the Academy
  • Legendary Tamil Actress Manorama passed away at the age of 78 on Saturday night. She acted in over 1200 films with stars like Sivaji Ganesan, MGR etc
  • In a bid to modernize the toilets in the trains on the lines Clean India campaign by Narendra Modi, the railway Ministry has decided to modify the train toilets so that not a drop of discharge falls on the railway tracks. Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu has been chosen as the first “Discharge Free” railway station in the country
  • According to Archeological Survey of India Director-General Rakesh Tiwari, the organization is planning to request the government to declare a no-fly zone over Qutub Minar, the UNESCO Heritage site. This move is thought of because the vibrations caused due to flights damage the property
  • Novelist Shubhash Chandran has been chosen for the Vaylar Award 2015 for his novel Manushyanu Oru Aamukham, a novel spanning two generations. The award is presented by the Vaylar Ramvarna Memorial Trust, Kerala
  • Andhra Pradesh State Enterprise Architecture (APSEA) or ePragati, as it is popularly known as, has been launched by the AP CM Chandrababu Naidu and it is expected to bring a change the way government services are provided now in the state
  • In a bid to trace, track and reunite the missing children with their family, Kerala government has launched Operation Valsalya on the lines of the Operation Smile already in force in India
  • Veteran Music Director Ravindra Jain passed away at the age of 71, in Maharashtra
  • North Korean leader Kim-Jung Un has showed the strength of his army in a show of strength in a military parade in the country. The Supreme leader has warned US that it is ready for any military confrontation with the country
  • In the “My Ganga, My Dolphin” project launched by UP Government, WWF India and Natiional Mission for Clean Ganga, as many as 1263 dolphins have been sighted in 3350 km stretch of the river in UP

Sports and Technology

  • India and South Africa are playing the first one day international match of the Freedom Series 2015 in Kanpur. Winning the toss, South Africa has decided to bat first
  • After discovering hydrogen and water on the red planet, NASA is planning to launch a mission to produce oxygen in the planet in its next mission to the planet
  • In a major re-organization drive under new CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter is planning to lay off 4200 employees across the globe. Engineers will form the most part of it as the company is looking forward to a leaner and more-effective operational team
  • Chinese Smartphone brand Gionee has decided to launch its first made in India smartphone on October 12 in the presence of AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu. In September, Xiaomi, the maker of the brand announced setting up of manufacturing facilities in India
  • In the Sochi GP, Rosberg will start from the pole position as Lewis Hamilton has been denied the 50th pole position of his career by Rosberg in the practice session on Saturday
  • India’s bronze-medal winning boxer Vijender Singh, who decided to turn professional, has started his professional career on a good note as he defeated Britain’s Sonny Whiting in his first bout on Saturday
  • Showing a glimpse of his return to form, Rafael Nadal has reached the final of the China Open 2015 after defeating Fabio Fognini in the semis. He will face world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the final today
  • GS-5734 has been found blocking the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus in monkeys and is expected to be useful for human beings as well in the near future. It prevents the virus from copying itself and spreading
  • Speaking at the function of the inauguration of the Medical Biotechnology Complex of the Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, the technology minister Harsh Vardhan has called for out-of-the-box thinking among the scientists in order to make science and its discoveries more relevant to daily life
  • Jurgen Klopp, the former manager of German Giants Borusia Dortmund for 7 years, has joined Liverpool FC as its new manager
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